Cloud Computing: Bubble or Revolution

Robert Scoble (Rackspace Hosting), Allan Leinwand (Zynga), Brad Hargreaves (General Assembly), John Engates (Rackspace Hosting), Ari Levy (Bloomberg News)
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Few technology trends have captured as much popular attention as Cloud Computing. Major industry analysts cite cloud computing as the growth industry for the next decade.

Some say that companies – from leading global corporations to one person shops – that migrate to the cloud are doing so because it is affordable, allows for scale and provides an atmosphere conducive to innovation.

What’s really going on here? Are we in the midst of a cloud computing bubble? Or is cloud computing truly revolutionary?

Robert Scoble of Rackspace will lead a panel discussion of journalists and industry experts about how the cloud is a revolutionary shift in the technology landscape while looking at the latest innovations from the leading Cloud providers. The panel will focus on the long term developments of the cloud, how it’s a natural evolution from virtualization and how it truly represents the evolution of technology.

About the Moderator/Speaker

Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43, a new content and social networking website. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.

Robert Scoble

Rackspace Hosting

Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and is also co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.

Allan Leinwand

Zynga

Brad Hargreaves

General Assembly

entrepreneur. Founding partner at General Assembly, an urban campus for entrepreneurs in Manhattan along with Adam Pritzker, Matthew Brimer and Jake Schwartz. I’ve started a number of companies, including Free Awesome, PickTeams, Aloysius Properties, LabApp, and PayoutHub. The latter was sold to Strategic Design Network in January 2010. I’m always working on new stuff.

gamer. I run the New York Gaming Meetup. In industry-speak, I’m a stereotypical Slow Strategy Gamer. Europa Universalis II is one of the best games ever made.

yalie. I graduated from Yale in 2008 with a BS in molecular biology. I was a founder of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and am still heavily involved with Yale Entrepreneurs and Investors.

teller. People say I have good stories. Ask me to tell you one.

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John Engates

Rackspace Hosting

John Engates joined Rackspace in August of 2000 and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer. Engates has worked in several areas of Rackspace including Operations, Professional Services and Customer Care. Most recently, Engates has been responsible for managing the ongoing development of Rackspace’s Intensive segment. Engates was one of the leading forces behind Rackspace’s Microsoft Gold Certification.

Prior to joining Rackspace, Engates was a founder of Internet Direct, one of the oldest and largest Internet service providers in Texas.

Engates is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a B.B.A. in Accounting.

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Ari Levy

Bloomberg News

As a technology reporter at Bloomberg, Ari Levy has covered networking, Internet and mobility while following deals and dealmakers in private equity and venture capital. He joined Bloomberg in 2003 as a stock market reporter in New York and moved to San Francisco in 2006 to write about Silicon Valley. He is also a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Ari has a master’s degree in business journalism from Baruch College in New York.

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